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Old Today, 06:15 AM   #181
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Watching a show, whether streamed or on cable, whether on a flat screen TV or a tablet or a phone, is still watching TV.

I know people on facebook who brag about never watching TV and then they tell you about a movie or tv show they are watching on their Apple large screen monitor. That's watching TV. I don't know why they feel superior. It's the same activity.
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Yep. Here, when someone mentions watching TV, it's almost always cable TV they mean (or our free national TV which has only two channels, so most people subscribe to a cable TV provider). There are very few streaming services legally available here, Netflix, Amazon, also a couple of local ones (but those are offered by the same cable providers and part of their general subscription plans, so they don't really count) and that's it (unless something's changed recently). So people still think of streaming and TV as two different things.
For me, it depends who I'm talking to. If I think it is someone who uses streaming services, I would say I'm watching a show/series/movie, otherwise it is TV/movie.

If I was watching cable/Direct TV, I would say TV.

If I'm watching a DVD/Bluray, I'm watching a series/movie.
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Why should it be more of a hell than to spend a weekend binge-reading?
Because they’re two entirely different activities, even if some of the incidentals are the same? Because one is my favorite activity and I dislike the other?

Golly, first people say that listening to audiobooks (which I love) is the same as reading (which it isn’t). And now watching tv is the same as reading?

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I know people on facebook who brag about never watching TV and then they tell you about a movie or tv show they are watching on their Apple large screen monitor. That's watching TV. I don't know why they feel superior. It's the same activity.
I don’t know why people feel superior about personal entertainment preferences, either. However, I think there’s an assumption that people who say they don’t watch tv are bragging, which is why I’m always careful to add that I never watch television because I don’t like it, and not because I think there’s anything wrong with it. Oddly enough, one thing that keeps me from watching any television at all is that there are too many excellent choices. I wouldn’t know how to choose.
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Streaming is not cord cutting. If you cut all cords, you'd hae no Internet and no way to stream. So the term "cord cutting" is rubbish.

I am watching a lot of TV. I plan on watching a movie after lunch. I do have some shows that are finished or finished for the season waiting to be watched and removed from the DVR.

And one thing, if you have HBO or access to the show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, watch the current episode. He does an excellent job talking about covid-19 and the state of it in the United States. It sums up what's going on very well. Better then you get from the news broadcasts. So go watch it if you can.
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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from March 29, 2020

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I don’t know why people feel superior about personal entertainment preferences, either. However, I think there’s an assumption that people who say they don’t watch tv are bragging, which is why I’m always careful to add that I never watch television because I don’t like it, and not because I think there’s anything wrong with it. Oddly enough, one thing that keeps me from watching any television at all is that there are too many excellent choices. I wouldn’t know how to choose.
I think that many people might tend to make assumptions about those who make a point of saying that they never watch television because they usually don't actually mean never. They usually mean rarely (or even very rarely). Why the need for hyperbole if there's not some sort of implied judgement about what taking part in the activity (however rarely) might say about them?
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Because they’re two entirely different activities, even if some of the incidentals are the same? Because one is my favorite activity and I dislike the other?

Golly, first people say that listening to audiobooks (which I love) is the same as reading (which it isn’t). And now watching tv is the same as reading?
I didn't say it's the same as reading. I said it's almost the same experience. There's a difference.

And yes, for me they're not entirely different activities. Physical exercise is an entirely different activity, for example. Your opinion in that regard may well be different than mine, but that doesn't make my opinion any less valid.
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